Here are this week's updates from Academic Affairs:
This week will be a relative short week for me on campus because I fly to China (Ningbo University) tomorrow and return on Friday. I will among other sign a memorandum of intent focusing on the recruitment of graduate students.
Later today I meet with the Academic Staff Committee and the administration (Chancellor and all the Vice Chancellors) will be serving the students snacks and coffee and hot chocolate in the Library from 10 pm - 1 am.
The Strategic Planning Core Team, which is comprised of campus governance group and community group representatives, meets tomorrow to discuss guidelines for its operation and the timeline for developing the UWM Strategic Plan.
Two personnel announcements
-I am pleased to officially announce Phyllis King's appointment as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
-Patricia Arredondo has accepted the position as President of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in downtown Chicago. It is an entirely graduate-level school offering master's and doctoral degrees. Congratulations Patricia, and I also want to thank her for her contribution (in a number of positions on campus) and leadership role on campus and wish her all the very best in this new and exciting position. She will start in mid February.
Chief Information Officer:
-Robin van Harpen (Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs) ask me to share the following update with campus: "On December 13, the Search and Screen Committee for the new Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor presented its recommendation of four finalists to Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Affairs, Robin Van Harpen. Finalist interviews will be scheduled for the weeks of January 21st and 28th in 2013. Please look for announcements of the finalists' names and on-campus interview dates in the coming weeks".
-I hope to make an announcement soon.
-The search and screen committee had a number of meetings and we hope to have candidates for campus interviews late in the Spring semester.
-I will appoint an interim dean this week.
-A call for applications for travel awards to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates: The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in Spring or Summer 2013. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range, and may be used to fund faculty/academic staff and student travel. The application deadline is Friday, February 1. Full details, including application guidelines, available at: http://bit.ly/UGOverseasResearch .
-A heads up on a new Best Place to Work initiative: In early January the "Nominate a UWM BP2W Champion" form will be live on the BP2W website at http://www4.uwm.edu/bestplacetowork/. Look for an email with more details closer to the launch date. The BP2W Champion initiative will offer an opportunity to recognize colleagues' outstanding contributions to making UWM a Best Place to Work.
-An item from Human Resources: Faculty and academic staff who teach during UWinteriM in January of 2013 will be paid for the UWinteriM course(s) on the February 1, 2013 payment if the School/College office submits all required documents to the Department of Human Resources by Monday, January 14, 2013. If the documents are received after January 14, 2013, the payment will be made on the March 1, 2013 paycheck. The payment will be paid on the same payroll cycle as the regular salary and they will be taxed as one payment.
-The Student Success Center seeks nominations from UWM faculty and staff for the Outstanding Nontraditional Student Awards. The nomination form will remain open until January 1, 2013. Honorees will be recognized at an Outstanding Nontraditional Student Recognition Reception to be held February 4, 2013. The nomination form is available at: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40EqCnd0SOZuz9H .
-The Center for International Education seeks applications from UWM faculty who will serve as Global Studies Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2013/14. Global Studies Research Fellows will teach no more than one course per semester in order to advance their research on topics relating to globalization and its cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. High quality research proposals on a variety of interdisciplinary globalization themes are eligible for funding; strong preference will be given to applicants focusing on topics related to the Center’s annual conference theme for April 2014: After Capitalism. Applicants are invited to address the economic, environmental, technological, literary, scientific, political, artistic, and institutional consequences of a world after capitalism. More information, including application guidelines, available at: http://bit.ly/GSFellowsRFP.
-From Global Inclusion and Engagement: We are currently accepting nominations for the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. One honoree will be selected from UWM for recognition during the Wisconsin Women's Studies Conference on October 19, 2013 at UW-Madison. All women of color faculty, staff, and students, and active community members are eligible for this award. For information about the selection criteria and required nomination materials, please go to: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/action0=announcements_detail&item_id=19125. Nomination materials are to be submitted electronically to Cheryl Ajirotutu at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2013.
-All the students who graduated yesterday! You can see a social media recap of commencement as told by graduates, family, friends and alumni, at http://storify.com/uwm/fall-2012-uwm-graduates.
-Winston Van Horne, Africology, whose distinguished contributions to UWM were honored by the Faculty Senate at its Thursday meeting. A resolution was passed naming a conference room in Mitchell Hall in his honor. Winston, allow me to add my personal thanks for your service.
A spotlight on UWM's institutional history:
-The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has its roots in the UWM Peace Corps Training Center of the 1960s. To learn more, visit http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/4088.html.
My family and I will take our usual 'Summer' break from the end of December and will return home on January 11th. I wish you all a well deserved break and want to thank you for your dedication and hard work. I hope to keep my 'one hour a day' internet connectivity.
...and I was not sure if I should mention this in my Monday update, but a number of you also sent me emails about the Friday shootings. It is so horrible and more than senseless that I am actually at a loss of words to capture my own thoughts...I simply don't understand...
Take care and have a good break,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee